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Seven Habits of Highly Effective People worksheet

30 Mar

My bedroom is my sanctuary. Every Sunday, I make sure I have at least two hours to dedicate to myself and my mental wellbeing. I sit in my bedroom, with a closed door, and I plan, strategize, review my goals, give thanks, and evaluate the past week.

I have started using Steven Covey’s worksheet. It allows you to see yourself as a person that wears many hats: wife, daughter, teacher, student, friend, etc. and then you set goals for each role. You also schedule activities that benefit your wellbeing, called “sharpening the saw” activities. Such activities include reading, exercise, meditation, calling a friend, volunteering, spending time with your pets, writing, and perhaps even knitting?

I have looked at the past week and saw that I have accomplished SO much. Sometimes we don’t give ourselves enough credit for being productive. Usually I feel like I have not done anything but then I wonder as to why I am so tired at the end of the week… After looking at the past week’s worksheet, it was clear that I have been extremely productive and proactive. It is clear that I have taken care of my mind and my body, in addition to having a full time job, taking doctoral classes and being a good wife and friend.

I am proud of myself and my body and mind. Apart from doing an outstanding job at my full time job, I have had tutoring sessions with a student thus earning extra money to put towards my travel.
Apart from being a diligent doctoral student, I have reached out to our board of education and filed for tuition reimbursement.
In addition, I have spent quality time with my hubby and made sure the house is clean, warm and welcoming.
Apart from all that I did strength training two times, went for a refreshing walk once, and went to two 90 minute hot yoga classes yesterday and today. On Thursday I have gone to SoShimSa for an extended sitting of meditation. Yesterday I have dedicated two full hours to reading my book called NW.

I have also bonded with a friend over lunch and had written a long overdue email to a friend of mine in Switzerland. A and I have watched a film last night and had dinner and talked.

I have just read what I have written and I am amazed at how productive I have been for the past week. In general, I am a very active kind of person, but I have never actually taken into account all the things I do during the week and on a weekend.

I’d like to ask my readers, how do you evaluate your week? Is there a tool you would like to share? Thank you so much!

“Give and you shall receive” in action

18 Feb

Today went according my plan, made the night before. Up at 6AM, coffee, read “Florish” for 30 minutes (taking notes), and then hot yoga at 9:15. After 90 minutes of power vinyasas and Vishnu breathing, I went into the shower. When I was finished, a lady handed me a twenty dollar bill, saying you dropped this. Mind you, there was no one else there at that time, just me and her. I know it wasn’t mine because all of my cash was in my wallet, and the wallet – in the car. I never bring money to yoga, just the card to scan.

Well, since it wasn’t hers, and she insisted that it might have been mine, I took it. And then I remembered. Twenty dollars in singles was exactly how much I left in that Family Dollar store, on Valentine’s Day, as my random act of kindness.

I guess the Universe is paying me back. And the exact amount, at that! 

Now, my plan is to add another twenty to that twenty, and go leave it all in a laundromat.



Get creative!

23 Jul

Get creative!

Curious: do you agree? And if yes, which ones worked better for you? For me, 9, 10, and 17 …

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